For nine years, since his section by Allah for his mission, RasullAllah (Sallallaho alaehe wasallam) had been delivering the message of Allah in Makkah and making all out efforts to guide and reform his community. Excepting a few persons who either embraced Islam or who helped him, though not accepting his creed, all the rest in Makkah left no stone unturned in persecuting and deriding him and his followers. His uncle Abu Talib was one of those good-hearted people who helped him in spite of his not entering the fold of Islam.
The following year, on the death of Abu Talib, the Quraish got a free hand and therefore, accelerated their sinister activities without check and hindrance. At Taif, the second biggest town of Hijaz, there lived Banu Thaqif. RasullAllah (Sallallaho alaehe wasallam) left for Taif in the hope of winning them over to Islam, and also establishing a base for the future propagation of Islam. On reaching Taif he visited the three chieftains of the clan separately, and placed before each of the message of Allah, and called upon him to stand by his (Prophets’) side. Instead of accepting his message, they refused even to listen to him and notwithstanding the proverbial Arab hospitality, each of them treated him most contemptuously and rudely. They plainly told him that they did not like his stay in their town. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaehe Wasallam) had expected a civil, even a cordial treatment and due courtesy in speech from them, as they were the heads of the clan. But none of them sneered:
“Hey, Allah has made you a Prophet!”
The other exclaimed with derision
“Could Allah not lay His hands on anyone else, other than you, to make him his Prophet?”
The third one gibed at him
“I do not want to talk to you, for if you are in fact a Prophet, then to oppose you is to invite trouble and if you, only pretend to be one, why should I talk to an imposter?”
RasullAllah (Sallallaho alaehe wasallam) who was a rock of steadfastness and perseverance did not loose his heart over this rebuilt from the chieftains, and tried to approach the common people; but nobody would listen to him. Instead they asked him to clear off from their town and go wherever else he liked. When he realized that further efforts were in vain, he decided to leave the town. But they would not let him depart in peace, and set the street urchins after him, to hiss, to hoot, to jeer at, at to stone him. He was so much pelted with stones that his body was covered with blood and his shoes were clogged to his feet. He left the town in this woeful plight. When he was far out of the town and safe from the rabble, he prayed to Allah thus:
“O my Allah! To Thee I complain of the feebleness of my strength, of my lack of resources and being unimportant in the eyes of people. O Most Merciful of all those capable of showing mercy! Thou art the Lord of the weak, and Thou art my own Lord. To whom art Thou to entrust me; to an unsympathetic foe who would sullenly frown at me, or to an alien to whom Thou hast given control over my affairs? Not in least do I care for anything except that I may have Thy protection for myself. I seek shelter in your light- the light which illuminates the Heaven and dispels all sorts of darkness, and which controls all the affairs in this worlds as well as in the Hereafter. May it never be that I should incur Thy wrath, or that Thou should be displeased with me. I must remove the cause of Thy displeasure till Thou art pleased. There is neither strength nor power but through Thee.”
The Heavens were moved by the prayer and Jibrail (Alahis Salaam) appeared before RasullAllah (Sallalhualahewalahiwasalam) greeting him “Assalmoalaikum” and said:
“Allah knows al that has passed between you and these people. He has deputed an angel in charge of the mountain to be at your command.”
Saying this Jibrail (alhaye Salam) ushered the angel before Rasulullah (sallalaho alahey walahi wasallam). The angel greeted Rasulullah (sallala ho alahe walahi wasallam) and said:
“O, Prophet of Allah! I am at your service. If you wish, I can cause the mountains overlooking this town on both sides to collide with each other, so that all the people therein would be crushed to death, or you may suggest any other punishment for them.”
The merciful and noble Prophet (Sallallahualahey walahi wasallam) said:
“Even these people do not accept Islam, I do hope from Allah that there will be persons from among their progeny who would worship Allah and serve His cause.”
Behold the conduct of our noble Prophet (sallalla hu alahaye walahai wasallam), whom we profess to follow! We get so much irritated over a small trouble or a mere abuse from somebody that we keep on torturing and making our revenge throughout our lives in every possible manner.